Driver Taken Into Custody After Vehicle Rams Into White House Gate
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 5: President Joe Biden leaves the White House for a trip Montgomery County Community College near Valley Forge, Pa., to delivery a speech marking the 3rd anniversary of the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol, on Friday, January 5, 2024.
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A car crashed into a security barrier at the White House complex on Monday night, leading to the arrest of the driver.

U.S. Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that the crash happened around 6 p.m. when “a vehicle collided with an exterior gate on the White House complex.”

“The driver has been taken into custody & we are investigating the cause & manner of the collision,” he said. “Expect traffic implications at 15th Street & Pennsylvania Ave & adjacent intersections.”

President Joe Biden was traveling at the time of the incident and thus was not at the White House.

Last month, a car crashed into Biden’s motorcade just as he was getting ready to step back inside one of the vehicles after he walked out from his campaign office headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, following a dinner that he and the first lady attended.

The car hit a U.S. Secret Service vehicle that was being used to block an intersection near the headquarters. The car reportedly then tried to drive into the closed-off intersection when federal law enforcement officials surrounded the car and ordered the driver to put his hands up.

Video of the incident shows Biden walking outside and talking to a heckler when the incident happened as the crash was loud enough that it grabbed the attention of Secret Service agents who quickly surrounded Biden and got him into the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was later charged with DUI, according to local police.

“Following our investigation, Wilmington Police have determined that this was an accidental collision, and have charged the driver of the striking vehicle – a 46-year-old Wilmington man – with Driving a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and Inattentive Driving,” said Wilmington Police Department Communications Director David Karas.

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